Parliamentary recycling rate up; UK case study in international report on food waste; Welcome for bioeconomy policy paper; Scotland reuse training fund
Parliamentary recycling rate up to 62.8%
The percentage of all waste arising from the parliamentary estate that was recycled or recovered in 2014 was 62.8%, up from 51.2% in 2010.
The information came in reply to a parliamentary question from John Thurso, chair of the finance and services committee, who said: “This shows a fairly considerable improvement; however, we are a little below what we need to be to make sure we are on track for our 2020 target.”
He was also asked which recyclable waste streams are in practice the least recycled, and what plans there were to improve that in the next Parliament.
Thurso replied that he did not have the answer to the first part of the question but added: “First, we try to ensure that the waste does not happen. When it does happen, we seek to recycle it in the most effective way possible. We only dispose of it if it is absolutely necessary”.
UK case study in international report on food waste
WRAP’s work on food waste has formed a key part of an international report on the issue from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The report includes case studies of food loss and waste policy practices in Japan and the UK.
The OECD says preventing food waste has been a priority for UK Governments for over a decade, and a range of mechanisms have been put in place to deliver this within households, hospitality and food service, food manufacture, retail and wholesale sectors.
The UK case study outlines the policy context within which food waste prevention sits, explains how food waste is defined, provides detail on the level and types of food waste across different sectors, and describes the interventions adopted and their impacts.
The Japanese case study examines the goals, measurements, achievements and future challenges of the country’s food loss and waste policies.
ADBA welcomes bioeconomy paper
The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has welcomed Government recognition that ‘collection and supply mechanisms’ are needed to ensure that uncontaminated food waste is delivered to AD facilities.
ADBA chief executive Charlotte Morton was responding to a cross-departmental policy paper, highlighting the economic and environmental potential of the emerging bioeconomy.
It included a commitment to investment support for scaling up innovative schemes, including improved data on the UK feedstock supply chain.
Morton said: “England in particular lacks the backing for source segregated food waste collections, and that should be a priority for the next government. Funding, finance and infrastructure support will be crucial in developing and commercialising new technologies, such as biorefineries and financially viable small-scale AD plants.”
Scotland reuse training fund
Cash to train staff in key repair skills is on offer from Scotland’s resource efficiency body Zero Waste Scotland, which has launched a Repair Training Grant Fund for the third sector.
Research carried out by Zero Waste Scotland found lack of skills could be preventing reuse organisations in key sectors from growing their business. The new nationwide fund aims to get over this barrier by helping workers to gain accredited training skills in repair for electronic equipment, furniture and textiles.
Grants of up to £1,500 are available to cover the costs of tuition, travel and subsistence, and any materials or equipment needed for the course.